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Thomas Unger

Thomas studied mechanical engineering at the TU Dresden from 2000 to 2006 and completed his diploma in automotive engineering. From 2005 to 2018 he was head of ADAC accident research at the Technical Centre Landsberg am Lech. His focus there was on biomechanics, accident reconstruction, tests for active and passive safety systems and the field of tertiary safety (rescue) in vehicles. Since July 2018 he has been head of data analysis and simulation in road accident research at TU Dresden GmbH, responsible for project management, revision and quality assurance of materials, methods and results.


Real-world accident scenario simulation

The GIDAS (German In-Depth Accident Study) database contains detailed information about accidents and the GIDAS Pre-Crash Matrix (GIDAS-PCM) offers the possibility to observe the pre-crash phase. The GIDAS-PCM contains all relevant data to simulate the pre-crash phase. This includes the characteristics of the participants, the dynamic behavior of the participants as a time-dependent course as well as the geometry of the traffic infrastructure. The paper shows the conversion progress of GIDAS data in OpenDrive and OpenScenario. A detailed investigation of active safety systems in real accident situations has been made feasible and the importance of simulating real-world accidents is shown.